According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, quintessential means perfectly typical or representative of a particular kind of person or thing. To me, nothing is more quintessential for the Nederlands and Holland in particular than windmills. During our trip to Europe, we made a stop at Kinderdjik to see the still operating windmills that help to keep the waters at bay for the area. Like most things that are arbitrary, what makes something quintessential is completely in the eye of the beholder. For me, the windmills are quintessentially Dutch, but for someone else it might be a tulip field or a fjord. So look around and find things that show the essence of, well, whatever.
IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THE REPRESENT THE QUINTESSENTIAL OF ANYTHING THAT STRIKES YOUR FANCY.
Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.
Here’s how it works:
- Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
- To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ and “Photo a Week” tags.
- Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
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36 thoughts on “A Photo a Week Challenge: Quintessential”
The canal and the windmill are just about as perfect a shot of the Netherlands as you could create. Print and frame it — if you still have any wall space!
Thanks, Marilyn. We are planning on using it in the office. Probably on metal or glass.
You are welcome.
Hi Nancy, love your photo 🙂
Here is my Australian quintessential
Love your photo. Looks so peaceful!
Here’s my Southern Appalachian quintessential: https://unexpectedincommonhours.wordpress.com/2018/07/14/a-photo-a-week-challenge-quintessential/
What a beautiful shot! I’ve never been to Kinderdijk but it looks great! Yep, windmills are very Dutch 😉
Here’s my photo for this challenge: https://aliveandtrekking.com/2018/07/15/quintessential-new-zealand/
Ohh! This is a fun one! 🙂 Love the windmill photo., and thank you to Alive and Trekking for the beautiful New Zealand post that then sent me here!
Adding my almost “too quintessential” contribution …
Love your windmills and the way the water reflect the sky. I’ve got some big red buses for you this week 😉 https://2e0mca.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/a-photo-a-week-challenge-quintessential/
This was a fun challenge….besides looking for and capturing the icons of summer I also spent a bit of time pronouncing and spelling a word I don’t use very often! 🙂 https://pausesandclicks.com/2018/07/18/a-photo-a-week-challenge-quintessential/
It’s a bit of a late add, but mine is a post about editing a safari photo and a quintessential elephant photo: https://wp.me/p2owKx-10d
I also always associated windmills like that with the Netherlands. But now I am living in England, and have seen several here, go figure…